posted on May, 24 2008 @ 05:56 PM
Excellent topic, and well thought-out responses. To expand upon Maya's good post, I suggest you look into water filtration/purification techniques
and equipment. I personally favor two filter systems -- The Big Berkey, and Katadyn filters. They can be a tweak pricey, but water is your
primary need if TSHTF. There's another product I keep in stock -- PolarPure. It's a small bottle of iodine crystals. Each bottle has the
capability of purifying 500 gallons of water. Of course, if the water is cloudy, you can "field filter" through a cloth, and then treat it.
Now, as to cacheing ..... this is a sticky wicket for certain. Remember that the sites you have scouted out, while not currently occupied, might be
fallback sites for many others. I would tend toward a cache that is somewhat close to you, perhaps even a place that you have developed that is
fairly secluded. For example, you could find a place to dig a hole and block in the area, cover it with plywood and cover over with dirt. Each
time you can safely access the area, you could improve upon it -- perhaps filling the cores of the block with concrete. Another way of cacheing
that works for some is to find areas that have soil, but aren't common for folks to walk upon, and bury 5 or 10-gallon buckets.
I think you're on the right track regarding stocking up with foods that you currently eat, and buying a little extra each time you shop. Rotate
your stocks. For those of us that live in warm climates, all of the grain products -- wheat, flour, rice, oats, pasta, etc. should be put in your
freezer for 48 hours before stashing them. Why? Weevil eggs are shipped with these products. It's unavoidable, and freezing them kills the
eggs. I performed several experiments with flour in a sealed container, which then "grew" weevils and other flour insects. Since I've been
freezing them first, no problems, and I have flour and rice products that are over two years old. I always write with a marker on the top of the
container the date which I purchased it, so I can accurately rotate our stocks.
Timing...... another difficult thing. We have to function as productive members of society while all the while providing for an uncertain future.
You have a disatvantage that I don't have, which is a true and certain winter, so you must provide for heating as well. There are only a couple of
situations that would necessitate your leaving your current home..... radiation, urban insurrection, etc. It might be a good idea for you to
acquire a small, portable stove that you could duct out a window, or take with you in the event you had to bug out. These are difficult issues to
deal with in that most people choose to act as though everything will remain static. If you are fortunate enough to be able to form a group of
like-minded folks in your area, then your chances of survival are improved markedly. You can pool your resources and your skills. IMO, the
greatest threat in a SHTF situation is other people. People in distress are SCARED. They acquire the characteristics of a hivemind with no
intelligence. MOB mentality is dangerous. I have seen this time and time again while being a first responder to various disasters. People don't
mean to go crazy and they aren't inherently bad people, but they endanger themselves and others. A hungry mob is capable of doing ANYTHING to be
This is a great thread. It"s real life stuff that we should be talking about. Hey, and if nothing happens, what are you out? If you keep
rotating your stocks, you're merely ahead of the curve. One final blab and then I'll shut up for a while....... consider stocking up on
open-pollinated seeds. Also, consider acquiring or building weapons systems. We all hope we don't need them, but..............